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2019 WEEK 10: Single Subject | by TheDigitalJeanie
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2019 WEEK 10: Single Subject

The challenge:


This week’s challenge rules are simple: Photograph one, single subject. The subject itself can be anything– big, small, still life, or living. The most important goal is to ensure that there is little or nothing else in your photo that distracts from your (single) main subject. The end result will be a clean, uncluttered photo of your subject.


My process:


I’ve been waiting all winter for a day cold enough to freeze bubbles with no wind. Monday was the day! It never got above 20 degrees F all day even though the sun was shining brightly. So I pulled out the bubble solution that has been in my refrigerator for a year (since I last tried this) and was happy to find that it still made bubbles.


I wanted to try putting the bubbles on something other than snow (which is what I did last year), so I tried a bow, silk rose, etc. And I played with different background colors. My first batch of photos I didn’t pay attention to how the background colors worked with the items the bubble was sitting on. That was a mistake. Luckily it remained cold all day so I was able to take more photos after finding better backgrounds.


I had quite a number of photos in various stages of freezing. I chose this one because I liked the different sizes of crystals and the fact that it isn’t frozen through all the way.


Lessons learned:


The bubbles seem to freeze better when they are placed on snow or ice. When I first started taking photos, it seemed to take forever for the bubbles to start freezing. After the first few attempts, the bubble solution soaked into the rose and bow started to freeze and subsequent bubbles froze much faster. I also tried dipping the rose covered in bubble solution into a pile of snow so that it looked “frosted” and that helped with the freezing process as well.


Canon 5Diii, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro lens, 1/500, f/25, ISO 1250, RAW. Post-processing in LR and PS.


CC appreciated.

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Taken on March 4, 2019